A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Kids as young as two can be shown how to make their own balloonimal. Unfortunately you can't save balloonimals. You have to tap an onscreen pump icon to add air until it pops. Then the next balloon animal can be made. Repeat as often as you like.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this amazing balloon-making app has very simple controls. Simply blow into the mic on the iPhone or press the screen on the iTouch to inflate balloon critters. Make sure kids don't spit, though, as that does nothing good for your hardware. An Android version is also available.
Is It Any Good?
This darling app lets kids make their own extremely realistic 3D balloon animals. Blow into the iPhone's microphone to fill a balloon with air, then shake the phone to construct. Up pops a beautifully rendered T-Rex, dog, crab, snake, unicorn, fish or kangaroo. The tricks the animals perform when petted are just as amazing as their construction - the T-Rex roars and stomps his foot, a joey hops in and out of the mama kangaroo's pouch. Balloon squeak sound effects add to the realism.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.